The sprained ankle that Patrick Williams suffered at the end of last September is not as serious as it was initially considered. At the time, journalist Shams Charania reported a period of absence that ranged from four to six weeks.
Now, the Chicago Bulls are optimistic about their diagnosis and remain hopeful that the sophomore be available for the season opener against the Detroit Pistons, as reported the middle Chicago Sun Times.
“We are quite optimistic,” said manager Billy Donovan. “What we want is to make sure that the sprain has healed properly and we will be a little more cautious. Especially when Williams starts cutting and running we want to see how he responds. He’s very explosive and he’s going to have to handle that for the season. “
Williams was selected fourth in the 2020 draft after a single college year at Florida State. Despite the fact that the Bulls were unable to meet the goal of fighting for the playoffs, the power forward emerged as one of the positive notes of the season. His averages of 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game served to be included in the Rookies Second Quintet.
For their part, the Illinois men have started the preseason like a motorcycle by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers with authority (95-131).
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